Sad farewell to ‘remarkable woman’ Julie-Anne

first_imgFacebook NewsLocal NewsSad farewell to ‘remarkable woman’ Julie-AnneBy admin – November 23, 2011 841 Linkedin Print Email LIMERICK is this week mourning a woman who worked tirelessly and used her singing talents to raise money for breast cancer. Julie-Anne Dineen was diagnosed with breast cancer more than three years ago and then became an ambassador for fundraising for the cause. She released her charity single “Do You Believe,” which reached no 1 in the Irish Singles Chart in March 2009, and topped the charts for a week. The proceeds went to the Symptomatic Breast Cancer unit at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Ireland, where Julie-Anne had just finished treatment for breast cancer.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up She was nominated for Limerick Person of the Year 2009 after the recording. She completed a tour of Limerick schools where she performed her chart topping song and worked to spread a cancer aware message. She followed her chart success with a Top 3 hit in Ireland, a cover of River Deep – Mountain High released in October 2009.Julie-Anne lived with her husband Dave and sons Sean (12) and Matty (8) in Corbally, and the family had just recently moved to their new home in Adare.With her husband and other friends and supporters, the former Bunratty singer raised thousands for the charity, organising events including the Limerick Jigs and Reels.John Galvin, who worked with the couple in fundraising, said Julie-Anne was “a remarkable woman. What she has done is indescribable, doing so much fundraising and so much good while she and Dave were raising their children. They are a remarkable family”.40 year old Julie-Anne passed away on Sunday last. She was buried after requiem mass in St Joseph’s Church this Wednesday morning.center_img Advertisement Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleWine news including @FVDIE Christmas tasting and moreNext articleCharity near victim of refund scam adminlast_img read more

Memories are made of this

first_imgNoted neuroscientist Eric Kandel ’52 looked to his audience to illustrate his lecture on the molecular basis of memory.“If you remember anything about this lecture, it’s because genes in your brain will be altered,” said the Columbia University professor, who shared the 2000 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his studies on memory. “If you remember this tomorrow, or the next day, a week later, you will have a different brain than when you walked into this lecture.”Kandel’s standing-room-only talk in Science Center D on Monday (Feb. 8) was organized by the Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child and sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Medical School.“Memory, as you know, makes us who we are,” Kandel said. “It’s the glue that binds our mental life together. Without the unifying force of memory, we would be broken into as many fragments as there are moments in the day.”Kandel described what researchers have learned in recent decades about the molecular underpinnings of memory. Among other things, he said, neuroscientists have found that short-term memory — the ability to recall things for minutes or hours — is fundamentally different from long-term memory, which holds information for weeks, months, even a lifetime.“Long-term memory differs from short-term memory in requiring the synthesis of new proteins,” Kandel said, adding that there’s a high threshold for information to be entered into long-term memory.“Something really has to be important to be remembered,” he said.Long-term memory stimulates protein syntheses, Kandel said, by altering gene expression. While the genes themselves remain unchanged, their activity levels are tweaked by the molecules involved in the creation of long-term memory.“Many of us are accustomed, naively, to thinking that genes are the determinants of our behavior,” he said. “We are not accustomed to thinking that genes are also the servants of the mind.”The genes affected, he said, lead the brain’s 100 billion neurons to grow new synapses, or connections with other neurons. A typical neuron, he said, connects to about 1,200 others. But neurons that are subject to repeated stimuli have been found to have much denser networks, with up to 2,800 synapses.The brain is especially susceptible to forming such new connections early in life, he said, when its structure is highly malleable, or plastic.“This is why almost all great musicians, all great basketball players, all great anything, all get started very early in life,” Kandel said.But Kandel’s host, Jack Shonkoff, director of Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child and a faculty member at the Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, said the young brain’s plasticity also can be detrimental to children.“Significant trauma, significant stress, may have some adverse effect on these circuits that makes it more difficult for children to learn,” Shonkoff said.Kandel said better understanding of how the biology of the brain relates to individual behaviors and how complex behaviors develop in complex sociobiology “is really the great challenge of the 21st century.”He later elaborated on that challenge in response to an audience question, alluding to the daunting work still to be done at neuroscience’s latest frontier: unraveling organisms’ “connectomes,” the complete diagrams of neural circuitry.“There are a lot of cells up there,” he said. “Each one of them connects to 1,000 other cells, so you’ve got more synapses than there are stars in the universe. When you finish counting those stars in the universe, I will be ready for the connectome.”last_img read more

Vice President’s XV victorious in simulation match

first_imgRUGBY action continued at the National Park yesterday when a president’s XV team took on a vice-president’s XV in a simulation match.The match filled the gap left by the postponement of the Guinness Sevens (7s) which was scheduled to start yesterday with the two teams following a similar combination of national players along with the youngsters.When the dust settled, it was the vice-president’s VX that emerged victorious,with Osaie McKenzie scoring twice while Daniel Anderson and Carlton Barrow each scoring one;Kevin Wills scored a conversion.On the president’s XV side, Jason Tyrell, Rondel McAurther and Rickford Cummings each scored one while Ryan Gonzalves scored a conversion.last_img

Syracuse completes comeback in 2-1 win over Duke

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 7, 2017 at 2:59 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] No. 9 Syracuse (10-3, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) picked up a win on the road at No. 2 Duke (9-2, 2-2) on Saturday afternoon.After dropping two of its last three, the Orange dropped to ninth in the latest polls. Saturday’s contest against the Blue Devils marked SU’s eighth straight game against a ranked opponent, of which Syracuse has won five.Duke put the pressure on early scoring just six minutes in as Rose Tynan connected on her 10th goal of the year. It was the first shot for either team. Down early, the Orange played more aggressive, outshooting Duke 5-1 over the subsequent 12 minutes.That fifth shot came from Lies Lagerweij at the 18:48 mark, but a Duke save pushed the ball back into the arc, where Jennifer Bleakney rifled it past goalkeeper Sammi Steele to tie the game at 1-1.The two sides traded blows for the next 45 minutes. With seven minutes left, SU earned a penalty corner. Laura Hurff inserted the play, and after SU’s shot was blocked, Hurff grabbed the rebound and beat Steele to take a 2-1 lead. The Orange held on in the final seven minutes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis contest marked SU’s final ACC road game of the regular season and its first conference win in the last three games. The Orange takes on No. 3 Virginia and the highest scoring offense in the country next Saturday at J.S. Coyne Stadium. Commentslast_img read more